Re: Why would a husband take his wife's surname? #lithuania #unitedkingdom #general

Sarah L Meyer

My husband considered taking my name when we married, but decided against it, because it would have dishonored his parents.  It might have really helped our children however who had to cope with a situation that they had no control over:  namely being Jewish and a surname of Christiansen.   Our daughter solved the problem by marrying ( and being very frum), while our son has almost nothing to do with Judaism - and would not marry a Jewish woman. We both understood and accepted the conflict.  They had no choice.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

JewishGen Talk This Week: Mengele-Unmasking the Angel of Death #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

We invite you to attend another free presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars, with our speaker, Dr. David G. Marwell
Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
About the Talk
As chief of investigative research at the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations in the 1980s, David G. Marwell worked on the Mengele case, interviewing his victims, visiting the scenes of his crimes, and ultimately holding his bones in his hands. Drawing on his own experience as well as new scholarship and sources, Dr. Marwell will describe Mengele’s life and career, with specific focus on his wartime service both in frontline combat and at Auschwitz, where his “selections” sent innumerable innocents to their deaths, and his “scientific” pursuits—including his studies of twins and eye color — traumatized or killed countless more.
About the Speaker
David G. Marwell, Ph.D. has had a distinguished career in public history. He spent nine years at the US Department of Justice, where, as Chief of Investigative Research, he conducted research in support of the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States. As a part of this eort, he played major roles in the Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele investigations and helped to author the two major reports that resulted. In 1988, he went to Berlin to become the (last) Director of the Berlin Document Center, a repository for captured personnel-related files of the Nazi Party and its component organizations. After overseeing the complete microfilming of the collection, Marwell returned to the US, in 1994, to become the Executive Director of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board, an independent federal agency established to identify, locate, and make available to the public (through declassification) all records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy. Following this service, he became the Associate Museum Director at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing key museum departments (exhibitions, collections, archives, education, international programs, library). In 2000, Marwell was appointed Director and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and led this important institution for fifteen years, before stepping down at the end of 2015.

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Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia


Thank you very much, sorry for delay in replying. I have a mr and mrs name spelt wrong, but sounds the same, but not their two children who were under 5, so maybe this isn't them.

Thank you again, I will keep looking and appreciate your help.

Mandy Molava
Researching MOLAVA Russia and USA
WEXLER HALASA Slovakia Hungary Bulgaria

Need translation help old German, Hungarian birth certificate #translation


I need translation help with old German and Hungarian birth certificates of my Grandfather and his brother.
I attached the documents below and would be very thankful for it!
Kind regards
Mira Habelman

Chait family from Ratno #poland


I am looking for any information for the Chait family from Ratno
Thank you
Myron Hyman

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia



Do you know of any records for Nova Ushytsya, Ukraine, or surrounding towns? My maternal father's family is from there. Names are Swerlick (Sverdlik): Solomon (1905-1990), Herman (1910 to 1995), Irene (1907 To 1911), and Evelyn (1919 to ?). all born between 1905 and 1920. I have no maternal maiden names but Solomon, et. al.'s parents were Simon Swerlick (1881-1963) and Gertrude (1883 - 1938). Simon's parents were David Swerlick (?-?) and Ruchel (1815-?). And that's as far back as I can go.

Thank you. I hope you can help.
Bob Rosenthal
Palatine, IL USA

Re: Ukraine Research Division Year-End 2020 Update #ukraine #records

Stefani Elkort Twyford

Thanks for the year-end update Phyllis. I'm looking forward to seeing all these new records uploaded to the JG database soon! 

Hopefully 2021 will also see the addition of some new Kehila leaders to take on the towns that continue to be orphans. 
Happy New Year and best wishes, 

Stefani Elkort Twyford
Researching: Siegal/Segal, Spiel, Tarle, Ilkovics, Feiermann, Kronenberg, Szerman, Kletzel, Ricker/Ricken

Slutsk Records #belarus #records

Richard Gilbert

I’ve used The Together Plan too and was very happy with the service Artur Livshyts and his team provided. We were supposed to have travelled to Belarus with them on a customised tour in July but for obvious reasons it was postponed.

Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England

Conscription practices in 18 century Galicia #galicia #poland

Moses Jefferson


I wonder if anyone has some historical knowledge how the early conscription of Jews to the Austrian (Habsburg) army might have been executed.

First some background: In 1788 a war broke out between the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire (also known as the Astro-Turkish War), the ruling Emperor at the time was Joseph II son of the vicious Empress Maria Theresa. On February the 18th, Joseph II ordered (against the advice of his war cabinet) that his Jewish subjects in Galicia be conscripted to the military to assist in the new waging war. Only in June the same year did the decree apply for all of Joseph’s provinces (Lower Austria, Vienna, Bohemia, and part of Moravia). The Jews at the time were deeply saddened by the evil decree and petitioned against it, but failed in all attempts. However it is my understanding that many Jewish communities (and individuals) found some loophole in the system to avoid the draft either by paying for a substitute (mercenaries) or through bribes or taxes, but nevertheless many poor and unlucky boys were drafted, and fought bravely among the gentiles in the following wars including the Napoleonic wars, and those that followed.

However in my research I cannot find much literature written on this topic, which applies directly to the Jewish community. I seems that the early Josephine period isn’t documented as well as the later period (Franz Joseph’s reign and the First World War).

My key takeaway questions are as follows;

- from what age did the conscription apply?
- was service in the Austrian army a lifetime job?
- where would the newly recruited soldiers have been take to? (either a regional base or to the capital of Galicia - Lviv/Lemberg at that time).
- how where the exemption-permits negotiated? (were they privately ordained, or each community had to provide a percentage of their population, etc.)

I’m aware there are many stories (some even legendary!) out there in regard to this topic, but I’m looking for more reliable sources or perhaps evidential documentation.

Kind regards,
Moses Jefferson
Genealogist & Researcher of Jewish History
London, UK

Re: Miriam continues to amaze! #announcements #records

Jackye Sullins

Miriam also gave me a backdoor tour when Steve Morse was putting it together.  I love the fact that there are pics of shtetls.  This brings our ancestral homes to life for us. I'm also pleased that it's a work in progress and look forward to new updates! Miriam has worked tirelessly over the years to bring us information from our shtetls and I am happy to see that this new platform will reach so many people.  A great tool in our resources box.

Jackye Sullins

Re: Why would a husband take his wife's surname? #lithuania #unitedkingdom #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari

A supposed distant relative of mine was a well known Rabbi in
Novarodok in the 19th cent. His family name is unknown to me (if he
actually had one) and reportedly the son adopted his father-in-law's
family name HOROWITZ which considered a prominent Rabbinical lineage.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Why would a husband take his wife's surname? #lithuania #unitedkingdom #general

Paul Silverstone

My grandfather changed his name to his wife's maiden name after he
arrived in America. His name was Chrzan difficult to pronounce and
when someone asked him to spell it he gave his wife's name instead,
Silberstein. So they kept her name, and when his brothers arrived they
took that name too. My father's uncles on both sides had the same last
name, including two Benjamins.
Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC


Re: Deciphering Gravestone #translation

Lee Jaffe

Thanks for all the responses, here and privately, to my question.  With this help, this is now my reading of the inscription:
Here Lies
Our Beloved Father
Our Teacher Rav Ari Leib son of
Shalom HaCohen Shochet vBodeck (Slaughterer and Inspector)
Died 11 MarHeshvon 5683
May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life

I now have follow up questions about interpretation:

1) If Ari Leib's father is a kohein, wouldn't that make Ari Leib a kohein?   If so, wouldn't that be included in Ari Leib's "title"?  Or was it considered implied?

2) Does the designation shochet vbodeck refer to Shalom or Ari Leib?  I assume it belongs to Shalom but I'm unclear about the syntax of the inscription.  And I've been trying to understand what was indicated in 1914-16 New Haven city directories where Louis Koshkin has "Rev" appended to his name.  His son Harry, who was a partner in a local delicatessen, lived with him.  Perhaps he had hung up a shingle as a rabbi or perhaps he was working as a shochet and/or inspector?    He and my great-great-grandmother Chila arrived in 1906 after their adult children.  Chila passed away in 1916 and is buried in East Haven.  He shows up in the 1920 US Census living in the Bronx with my great-grandparents, retired.  Louis passed away in 1922 and is buried next to Chila in East Haven.

Thanks again,

Lee Jaffe

great uncle Lev Azarin #ukraine

beth lozano

My ggm was born in 1865 to Veniamin (Ben born 1839) and Pesia-Liba AZARIN (born 1840) in Ukraine. She had five siblings and married Morris Cohon from  Ekaterinoslav, now Dnipro. She moved to Chicago by way of New York in 1906. I found a relocation record for her brother, Lev AZAPUN or AZARIN, in 1942/43 in which it states he was relocated from Kharkiv, Ukraine to Namangan, now Uzekistan.  He died in Lviv in 1948

I haven't found a ship manifest for her. I'm trying to verify that she is from Ekaternoslav too.  Once I can really verify where she is from I would like to find more records from that place.

Any ideas for more research or is anyone working on this family?


Beth Lozano

Re: Charge for JewishGen? We Disagree! #JewishGenUpdates

Nili London Krassner

 I am a paying member of Jewish Gen. and have been so for many years.  I agree with your suggestion to continue offering your services for free.  
Your dedication and contribution that all of you, including Phillis Kramer ז״ל, have done and still doing at the Jewish Gen organization are much appreciated. 

Nili London

История-Генеалогия-работа с сайтом. #lodz


Здравствуйте уважаемые исследователи истории!

Не могли бы вы мне помочь в одном вопросе?

Мне известно, что в Еврейской общине в Лодзи, есть записи

 о рождении детей  Натана Стрыковского 1874- 1875г.г. рождения

  1. Зелика Вольфа Стрыковского, дело № 1682 (1895-1896г.г.рождения);
  2.  Мендель Стрыковски, акт № 1683;
  3.  Эстере Стрыковской, акт № 1684;
  4.  Кудек Стрыковски, акт № 1685(1903-1904г.г.рождения);

Их дети:

  1.  Нучема Герсзона Стрыковски;
  2.  и Ройзы, урожденной Леви,
    номер ссылки 96, 1903 г.
    Номера и год выдачи свидетельств о рождении указаны на сайте.

Так же на этом сайте вероятно имеются сведения о самом Натане Стрыковском 1874- 1875г.г. рождения и других его детях:

  1. Стрыковский Мечеслав Натанович 1898г. рождения;
  2. Стрыковская (Брунштейн) Регина Натановна 1905-1906г.г. рождения;
  3. Стрыковская (Диммерман,Дименрман,Диментман) Анна Натановна 1901-1902г.г. рождения.

                     Все они иудеи.


Особенно интересует Стрыковский Мечеслав Натанович 1898г. рождения.


Все они родились и выросли в Лодзе.

До 1938 г. жили в Польше, Франции, России.






Но заходя на этот международный сайт я не смог с этим сайтом разобраться. Может быть кто-то мне сможет помочь,

С этим или другими вариантами.


Заранее благодарен Михаил Стриковский.


Hello dear researchers of history!
Can you help me with one question?
I know that in the Jewish community in Lodz, there are records
about the birth of children of Nathan Strykovsky in 1874-1875. birth

Zelik Wolf Strykovsky, file No. 1682 (born in 1895-1896);
Mendel Strykowski, Act No. 1683;
Estera Strykovska, Act No. 1684;
Kudek Strykovski, Act No. 1685 (born in 1903-1904);
Their kids:
Nuchema Gerszon Strykowski;
and Royza, née Levi,
reference number 96, 1903
The numbers and year of issue of birth certificates are indicated on the website.
Also on this site there is probably information about Nathan Strykovsky himself, 1874-1875. birth and his other children:
Strykovsky Mecheslav Natanovich 1898 birth;
Strykovskaya (Brunstein) Regina Natanovna 1905-1906 birth;
Strykovskaya (Dimmerman, Dimenrman, Dimentman) Anna Natanovna 1901-1902 birth.
They are all Jews.
Strykovsky Mecheslav Natanovich 1898 is especially interesting. birth.
They were all born and raised in Lodz.
Until 1938 they lived in Poland, France, Russia.
But by going to this international site, I could not figure it out with this site. Maybe someone can help me
With this or other options.
Thanks in advance to Mikhail Strikovsky.
אתה יכול לעזור לי בשאלה אחת?
אני יודע שבקהילה היהודית בלודז 'יש רשומות
על הולדת ילדיו של נתן סטריקובסקי בשנים 1874-1875 הוּלֶדֶת

זליק וולף סטריקובסקי, תיק מס '1682 (נולד בשנים 1895-1896);
מנדל סטריקובסקי, חוק מס '1683;
אסתר סטריקובסקה, חוק מס '1684;
קודק סטריקובסקי, מעשה מס '1685 (יליד 1903-1904);
הילדים שלהם:
נוכמה גרזון סטריקובסקי;
ורועיזה, לבית לוי,
מספר סימוכין 96, 1903
המספרים ושנת הנפקת תעודות הלידה מצוינים באתר.
גם באתר זה יש כנראה מידע על נתן סטריקובסקי עצמו 1874-1875. לידתו ושאר ילדיו:
סטריקובסקי מכסלב נתנוביץ '1898 הוּלֶדֶת;
סטריקובסקאיה (ברונשטיין) רג'ינה נתנובנה 1905-1906 הוּלֶדֶת;
סטריקובסקאיה (דימרמן, דימנרמן, דימנטמן) אנה נתנובנה 1901-1902 הוּלֶדֶת.
כולם יהודים.
סטריקובסקי מכסלב נתנוביץ '1898 מעניין במיוחד. הוּלֶדֶת.
כולם נולדו וגדלו בלודז '.
עד 1938 הם התגוררו בפולין, צרפת, רוסיה.
אתר אינטרנט:
אך כשעברתי לאתר בינלאומי זה לא הצלחתי להבין זאת באתר זה. אולי מישהו יכול לעזור לי
עם אפשרויות כאלה או אחרות.
תודה מראש למיכאיל סטריקובסקי.
С уважением,
Михаил Стриковский

Re: Help = Ancestry DNA .. is it worth looking below 2nd Cousin if no proof in trees or known relatives? #dna


Thank you so much everyone, I really appreciated your help and sorry for the delay in replying.

I have my Aunt and Uncle and a few cousins on Ancestry and 4 cousins - the lowest of these known ones is 109cm  and 8 segments, anything below this and it feels like a needle in a haystack. I have colour coded, cross ref and looked at the long segments on GEDmatch, but I have very little information and it appears to be very mathsy and guesswork. I have managed to find my G grandmothers maiden name from an English record and her birth records from Slovakian church records with her mothers name which would be my GG grandmothers (I am 99.9% sure of the latter), which gives me another generation of names hopefully to work with - HALASA.

It has become a quest and the older I get the more frustrated I get, I'm gathering everyone must feel this way?

Thank you again I will try and sift through the bits here I haven't done. I did go to Rootstech, (it's FREE online conference if anyone is interested in Feb), but when they started doing the maths, it all got so deep I got lost! I am no master at any of it.

Have a relaxed Boxing evening
Mandy Molava
Researching: MOLAVA - Brest + WEXLER & HALASA Slovakia/Krakow

Re: US military marriage Nathanson Goldenberg in 1944 Cairo #records

Sherri Bobish


I assume that you've seen the record of the marriage of Nathan Nathanson & Eva Goldenberg
in the Ancestry database U.S., Consular Reports of Marriages, 1910-1949.  There are two pages with a lot of information.


Sherri Bobish

U.S., Consular Reports of Marriages, 191b0-1949

Re: Why would a husband take his wife's surname? #lithuania #unitedkingdom #general


I believe that when a man married into a prominent family for example a famous rabbinical family, the husband if he was a rabbi, would take on the father-in-laws surname so that he could continue the dynasty.
Herman Salmenson

Re: Why would a husband take his wife's surname? #lithuania #unitedkingdom #general


Family lore has my ggfather (Przeworski) taking his wife's surname (Roth) due to the children being teased being called 'Sewer'.  (NYC, about 1900)
John Segedy, NH

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